July 6, 1941 – Dec. 3, 2016
Richard H. Bradley, a graphic artist whose cartoons enlivened the sports and features pages of The Buffalo News for three decades, died Saturday in Tidewell Hospice, Sarasota, Fla., after a long illness. He was 75.
Born in Goffstown, N.H., he graduated from high school in Syracuse. He earned a bachelor’s degree in art education from Buffalo State College and served in the Army Reserve.
Mr. Bradley taught art briefly in the Buffalo schools before he joined The News in 1974.
He had a 30-year career with The News and provided the featured Saturday sports cartoon for 20 years.
In a retrospective of Mr. Bradley’s work published following his retirement in 2004, it was noted that his sports cartoons covered “nearly every topic and personality imaginable.”
As a freelance artist, Mr. Bradley self-syndicated his drawings, which appeared in numerous newspapers, including the New York Times. He also drew sports cartoons for the Sporting News.
One of his most famous illustrations depicted Playboy magazine publisher Hugh Hefner leafing through the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated and saying, “Actually, I read it because of the interesting, uh … articles.”
A former East Amherst resident, he moved to Florida in 2005.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Barbara Kaye Bradley, a retired City of Tonawanda school principal; a daughter, Amy Bradley Schnitzer; two sisters, Nancy Groom and Susan; and twin granddaughters.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.